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A do nothing day - or was it?

A do nothing day - or was it?
There's nothing like having a day doing nothing to find something. As I meandered aimlessly through internet pages I came across the Travcom site and thought, "I should be part of this". I can't even recall what my initial search was about. The internet can be a great time waster, then again it can turn up a few inspirations and new directions. A do nothing day is a rarity. Although I am between stories, I am waiting to hear back from a new connection, have an interview to do later and more stories to find. And I am enjoying wasting...
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Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken

Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken
I recently read the original Bond tagline was “stirred not shaken”; a statement, which launches lengthy discussion on how the reversing of these two words dilutes the Martini and makes it cloudy rather than clear. For connoisseurs of the Martini both effects are undesirable. There is nothing undesirable about the three measures of hipster, one of grit and a half measure of waterside, as stirred not shaken, these ingredients, lifted the image I had of Newcastle from black and sooty to industrial cool. The Northern Central Hotel located in Newcastle’s East End epitomizes the coolness of urban decay, the promise...
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Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.

Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.
Along with the unique drum chandelier; a statement of the roots of this establishment; Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Dave Grohl, Ziggy Stardust, Nick Cave and the iconic music tape (mixed) are the inspiration for a boutique hotel where it is not about decorating rather curating an environment that leaves the quest feeling as though they actually are hangning out with music legends. Live musicians in the downstairs Flow Bar on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons add to this music vibe. Located in Old Bar, Taree the nine bedroom boutique hotel with five rooms currently available and four due to be completed...
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